Mark Clarke in his home studio in 2008.

Mark Clarke in his home studio in 2008.

Word is in that painter Mark Clarke died at his Eugene home this afternoon. He was 80.

One of the pre-eminent landscape painters in the state, Clarke worked in the solid tradition of such mid-20th century masters as David McCosh, with whom he studied at the University of Oregon, and Clarke’s long-time friend and fellow painter Nelson Sandgren. But beyond that, he was an uncommonly sweet human being, truly liked and respected by all who knew him.

He leaves his wife, painter Margaret Coe, and their children, Eugene gallerist Karin Clarke and New York trumpet player Tim Clarke.

I’ll write more about him here Tuesday. Here’s an interview I did with him in 2014.